Idaho Celebrates Mary Anne McGrory, the State’s 2016 Human Rights Educator of the Year

By Nathania Johnson

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A middle school teacher in southern Idaho is being recognized by a national organization for her work in human rights education.

Mary Anne McGrory, a teacher in the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District was singled out as the recipient of the Idaho Human Rights Educator-of-the-Year by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights. At Pocatello’s Alameda Middle School, McGrory teaches geography and serves as the chair of the social studies department.

McGrory coordinates an annual trip for 7th and 8th graders to Washington, DC and New York where they participate in historical and civic tours. She currently serves as the school’s Student Leadership Adviser and previously served 10 years on the building leadership team.

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The Wassmuth Center for Human Rights is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting “respect for human dignity and diversity through education and to foster individual responsibility to work for justice and peace.”

The group sponsors an Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, an educational park in downtown Boise dedicated to reflection on human rights issues.

McGrory will formally receive her award next month at a ceremony in the Idaho capital.

Her students and staff are thrilled for her, with many on Facebook commenting that 26-year classroom veteran is their all-time favorite teacher.


Originally published at www.the74million.org.

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